Senior Professionals Seminar- Bo Caldwell

Senior Professionals Seminar with national bestseller author, Bo Caldwell, on "China Connections of a Novelist."  January 30 (Thursday), 3:00-5:00 p.m. - preceding the 7:30 p.m. Jean & Louis Janzen Visiting Writers Series reading and lecture.  In the Pioneer/Johanson Conference Room, Steinert Campus Center 103.  FPU faculty and administration are invited to attend.
Bo Caldwell is a national bestseller author who lives in Northern California with her husband, novelist Ron Hansen, and two children. Born in Oklahoma City in 1955, she grew up in Los Angeles. She attended Stanford University, where she later held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing and a Jones Lectureship in Creative Writing. Her 2001 novel, The Distant Land of My Father, was a national bestseller, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, and a Booksense 76 pick. Prizes she has received include the Georgia Shreve Prize for Fiction at Stanford University and the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Her short stories have appeared in various literary journals. She also writes for the Washington Post Magazine.
In this session Caldwell will focus on her family connection with the China Mennonite Mission. Her novel, City of Tranquil Light, is based on her grandfather's work in China early in the 20th century. Her grandfather, Peter Kiehn, had connections in Corn, Oklahoma and in French Creek, a Mennonite Brethren community near Hillsboro, Kansas. His work began with the Mennonites and then moved to another denomination because the Mennonite denomination was not able to take ownership of the work. His first cousin, also named Peter Kiehn, continued to work for the China Mennonite Mission (a grass roots organization based in Hillsboro), and the fact that their names were the same has caused historians some confusion.
Senior Professionals Seminar on “The Elephant in the Room: Sexual Abuse in the Church and Its Institutions” with panel members Jim Gaede (social worker/educator), Larry Martens (pastor/church leader), Jill Schellenberg (victimology/peace educator).  Tuesday, February 4, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Pioneer/Johanson Conference Room, Steinert Campus Center 103.  FPU faculty and administration are invited to attend.
The issue of sexual abuse is a critical issue in our society and the church. Churches within the Mennonite Anabaptist communities are not immune. The panel will seek to describe the endemic nature of sexual abuse, provide descriptions of offenders and victims and how the consequences of sexual abuse impacts the offender, the offended as well as their families and communities of the church and its institutions. Ideas will also be shared how our churches and institutions might deal with this sensitive issue.